Parish pump Hailsham - April 11, 2014


TALK: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be host a talk at the War Memorial Hall on April 15 by Philip Fenech, Head Gardener, entitled Unfurling the Garden of Firle. The talk will begin at 7.30pm and will be preceded at 6pm by a visit from Rapkyns Nursery with a collection of plants for sale.

ALFRISTON CRICKET CLUB will be holding their annual fund raising Coffee Morning at the War Memorial Hall on April 19 from 10am to noon. There will be a variety of stalls selling cakes, books, produce, bric-a-brac, tombola and, of course, a raffle.

EASTER EVENT: The Organist and Friends will be providing another musical entertainment on Bank Holiday Monday, April 21, at noon in St Andrew’s Church. Ray Maulkin and his friends will be performing an informal, relaxed event lasting about 45 minutes with a retiring collection for the church.

THE SMUGGLERS INNE will be having a Hog Roast (weather permitting) in their garden on April 19 from 1pm.

ST GEORGE’S DAY, April 23, The Smugglers Inne will be having a Curry and Quiz Night starting at 6.30pm. The supper consists of two courses, starter and main with a vegetarian option available. The curry and quiz is £9.95 per person. The quiz on its own is £2 per head and starts at 8pm. To book (essential) telephone 01323 870241 or email

AGM: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be holding their AGM at the April meeting at the War Memorial Hall on April 24 at 7.30pm. As is the custom, the formal business will be dealt with as quickly as possible. The speaker for the evening will be Richard Filmer whose talk is entitled Traditional Kent and Sussex Trades, Crafts and Industries. His presentation will illustrate the place of traditional craftsmen in the south east of England. Admission is free to members; non members £5.

Bodle Street Green

FILM NIGHT: As part of the Events week put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington Churches, the film Good Will Hunting (cert 15) will be shown at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7pm for 7.30pm start. There will be a sort introduction, epilogue and opportunity for discussion. Donations welcome, and there will be coffee and cake on sale. Caroline 01323 853391.

EVENTS WEEK: for more details please see the Warbleton section.

PALM SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with dramatised readings, followed by coffee. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service with a talk More than a Carpenter. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Palm Sunday service with dramatised readings.

GARDENING CLUB: Troughs and Trough Planting is Wendy Bates’ subject for members on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Wendy is from Rotherview Nursery.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: There will be an explained Christian Passover at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm for prompt 7.15pm start. Rev Ray Lockhart, former Rector of Christ Church, Jerusalem, will lead the evening. Supper will be served about 8pm. Please bring your own drinks and booking is essential for the three course meal. Cost is £12 per head. Jennifer 01323 833001.

GOOD FRIDAY: Please see the Warbleton section.


SERVICES: This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the service of Mattins (BCP) will be led by Tim Fogden at 10.30am. Palm crosses will be blessed and distributed and there will be the usual refreshments after the service. All welcome. On Good Friday Alan Packard will lead prayers and meditations from 11am. Celebrate Easter Sunday with us on April 20 at the later time of 11am. The Family Service will be led by The Reverend Stuart Baker.


BLUEBELL WALK: Due to the unusual early spring this year, the opening of the Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road has been brought forward by one week and opened yesterday from 10am to 5pm until May 18. Consequently Hailsham Lions weekend is now Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13 when members of the club will be happy to serve customers a mouth watering array of home made food, washed down by a cup of tea, coffee or cold drink. They will also be on hand to assist visitors to ensure their visit to the Bluebell Walk is one to remember. Look out for their distinctive blue sweatshirts. As well as supporting Hailsham Lions, this year the Bluebell Walk is supporting 16 other charities like Demelza, Cruse Bereavement and HOPS. Visit for weekly updates on how the bluebell display is coming along. There are seven different walks, free parking, gravelled walks for mobility scooters and wheelchairs (which are available free of charge), seating every 150 yards on the walk.

FARMERS’ MARKET is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm. You can buy your fresh meat directly from the local farms, also fresh vegetables, cheese, honey, bread, eggs, locally made jams. There is a plant stall to start your own veggie garden as well as flower plants and craft stalls.The market cafe will be open for tea, coffee and hot food. Free parking. Due to ill health the market organiser will be leaving soon. If you are interested in local produce and think you could help with the running of our market, then go along to the market tomorrow for a chat with Trixie Folkard or contact her on (01323) 501635. Payment to be discussed.

PCSOs from the neighbourhood policing team will be happy to meet you and talk about any concerns you may have about where you live or just to say hello for London Road even numbers tomorrow, Saturday at 11am outside the Ambulance Station. This is for properties between the junction of Battle Road and North Street up to the mini roundabout at Hempstead Lane.

ST MARY’S: This week is Palm Sunday. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, The two criminals, Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, The two criminals, Holy Communion is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church (Hawkswood). The Easter journey, climax, is at 6.30pm. Easter Explorers Holiday Club is running on Wednesday and Thursday. On Maundy Thursday 17 there is a Holy Communion Service at 7.30am. On Good Friday 18 there is an All Age Special service at 10.30am with crèche followed by coffee and hot cross buns and craft activities for all ages. This is followed at 2pm by Meditation.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Tricia Bamsey.

SOUP AND SWEET: At Hailsham Methodist Church tomorrow, Saturday, there will be several choices of home made soup and a sweet served from noon until 1pm for only £5 per person. A silent auction will also be taking place on the same day. Bidding starts at 11am. Tea and coffee available until 2pm. Bidding closes at 1.30pm. Tickets available from Carole on (01323) 325916.

COFFEE MORNING: Next Saturday April 19, Hailsham Gospel Mission is holding this event at Hailsham Gospel Mission, 15 Station Road and invites people to attend this and subsequent Easter Service on Sunday April 20 at 10.45am entitled New Life, Fresh Hope.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: PDI Photographer of the year competition last week for the Southern Cross Trophy. Each entrant shows a portfolio of six projected digital images that demonstrate the photographer’s versatility. The judge was Martin Faiers from Croydon who has been to the club before. There were 16 panels for Martin to evaluate making it a most difficult, but valid competition as it is so different from any other. After long deliberation first place went to Janet Monk ARPS for a set of stunning pictures titled Into the Light, a lovely woodland walk through the trees, Bob the Window Cleaner, a clever picture taken from the other side of an opaque window, Breaking Wave, a motion picture of the surf, Abutilon, three pretty red flowers against a leafy background, Court in Transit, a close up of hands shuffling cards called the spring card trick, and Impressions of Woodchester, a photograph resembling a superimposed picture of a church with reflections. All images completely different from each other showing remarkable skills. Martin did a very good job despite being pushed for time and the great number of pictures to see. He was able to make well thought out comments on all the images. This week was the culmination of several months’ work in the print final with judge Keith Evans FRPS from Tonbridge, who had not been to the club for a few years. First place results as follows: Beginners, Graham Wilkinson with Loch Awe From Portsonachen a seascape of mist, clouds and trees. Intermediate, Wendy Chrismas with Fruit Of The Vine, a still life of a bottle and a glass of wine and grapes. Advanced, Phil Smith with Lisanthus, a stunning white flower with a green stem against a lilac border. Keith said it was a real treat to see images of such good quality and took his time to make relevant comments.

BATTLE ROAD: Please be aware that the pavement in Battle Road has been made into an official cycle path and is now commissioned for full use for pedestrians and cyclists. The local police have asked to make all drivers, particularly outside the Community College, aware it is an offence to park on a cycle path and persistent offenders will be prosecuted.

ENERGY SHOP: More Energy Pop-Up shops are planned for towns in the Wealden District following a successful five day run in Hailsham which helped save residents £1000s. Communities Matter Director, Ollie Pendered, said more than 400 local people came into the shop over five days. The independent energy experts helped save between £50 and £350 each a year on bills. As well as people benefiting from saving money on their bills, there were workshops on energy saving techniques in the home, for example draught proofing. Other practical advice was also available. Sussex Police Community Support Officers came along each day to talk to people about safety and security.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Hailsham Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. There will be a competition for members and Gill Homer will give a demonstration entitled Bright Ideas. Visitors always welcome. At the meeting in March members and visitors of the Hailsham and District Flower Club thoroughly enjoyed an entertaining and informative talk and demonstration on Victorian Floral Design by Georgia Miles from the Sussex Flower School. Georgia created four different designs demonstrating styles popular from the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 through to her death in 1901. Chairman, Margery Luffingham, announced that as a result of a well-supported quiz evening held in March a donation of £250 would be sent to the Sussex Kidney Trust.

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: Local organisations were invited to the new Community Groups Forum run jointly by Hailsham Forward and the Town Council last week. Its aim is to gather together representatives from clubs, societies, charities and other groups in and around Hailsham so they can meet one another for a chat and make new and interesting contacts. The group enjoyed a friendly exchange of ideas and knowledge, shared problems, talked about grants and auditing, facilities and pop-up shops, to name a few. It was suggested the monthly get togethers provide a little networking, maybe a speaker from time to time on an area of running a community group, and a problem solving session and much more as it builds and progresses. Publicity was discussed and the group was told how they could access free publicity for their group in order to inform the public and encourage a wider membership through the local press, community columns, Facebook pages - What’s on in Hailsham and What can I Join in Hailsham and also post their meetings and events on the Town Council website. If you run or are involved in a community group, please do call Michelle at the Town Council on (01323) 841702 to make sure they have your group’s up-to-date contact details and to register your interest so you can be kept informed of dates for future meetings. This was a very useful meeting and it was lovely for me to be able to meet so many people that contribute to this column. Whether your group is successful and you would like to share your success or your numbers are dwindling, it could make all the difference.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SPRING FAIR: The Hellingly Mother’s Union is holding this event in Hellingly Church tomorrow, Saturday from 10am to noon. There will be good as new clothes, bric-a-brac, jewellery and toiletries stall, books, cakes, raffle and refreshments. All proceeds go to the work of Mothers’ Union.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday evening at 7.30pm in Hellingly Village Hall, bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee supplied in the interval. Tickets £5 from Barbara Moore on (01323) 841685.

APRIL SERVICES: At Hellingly, regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP) and every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am. In addition this month on Sunday at 10.45am it is Palm Sunday, on Thursday at 7.30pm there is a Passover Meal and Eucharist of the Last Supper, in church. On Good Friday there is a reflective service centred around the cross and distribution of the Eucharist Bread at 2pm. The church does not consecrate bread or wine on Good Friday, it is prepared at the Maundy night service. On Sunday April 20 the Easter Dawn Service is at 6.30am followed by Breakfast in church. This is when the Easter candle is lit with new fire and the congregations renews its baptismal vows. This is followed at 10.45am with the Easter Day Service. Please bring a flower(s) to decorate the cross which will have been in place outside the church door during Holy Week. On Sunday April 27 at 10.45am is the Parish Eucharist (CW). At Holy Trinity Upper Dicker on Palm Sunday the service is at 9.15am and Easter Day Service also at 9.15am on Sunday April 20. The Easter Candle will be lit at this service. There is a Holy Communion (CW) service on April 27.

WI: On Tuesday the WI Nightingales will be visited by Marie Stone who will be talking about her work with Madame Tussauds. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at Union Corner Hall.

MOVING ON: At Holy Trinity in Upper Dicker on Sunday March 16, Revd Charlie Hill gave his final Eucharist service after almost 10 years to the day, of serving the parish. The service was well attended including some, who had been married by and baptised there by Charlie. The service ended with a speech given by their most senior parishioner Iris Brewer, who then presented Muriel Hill their organist with a bouquet of flowers and Charlie with a bottle of the finest vintage port along with farewell cards from Park Mead Primary and Bedes Senior schools. The congregation and parishioners of Upper Dicker also presented a signed farewell card with a cheque to Charlie. On Monday March 17, 70 people gathered at the back of Hellingly Church to say their goodbyes to Charlie and Muriel before he takes up his new post at All Saints Church, Blacklands, Hastings. Wine and a buffet, prepared by Jane Tourle and her team of helpers, were served. Richard West, churchwarden, spoke on behalf of the congregation to thank Charlie and Muriel for their contribution to church life over the past ten years, wishing them the very best in their new parish. Charlie said he was looking forward to a new challenge and thanked Muriel for her support. They were presented with a garden voucher and a cheque as a farewell gift from the congregation. On Tuesday March 18 a party was given for Charlie and Muriel by the village shop in Upper Dicker, hosted by Tess Flower, the shop manager and her staff, a notable and fitting send-off attended by parishioners, villagers, friends from both churches and some from afar. An inscribed and decorated cake made by Tess was cut by Charlie and shared by all and they were wished happiness and success for the future.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE REID HALL: This is an important notice for anybody who may wish at some time to make a booking for the Reid Hall. There has been a change of telephone number to 0790258906818. This new number comes into use on April 15 at which time the old number will no longer exist.

THE ‘CEUX VILLAGE: Giant Vegetable Plant Sale. Last year’s heavyweights came in at 223lbs for the pumpkin, 3lb 10oz for the onions and the leeks. To get the proceedings underway, seeds and plants for these giant vegetables will be on sale from April 18 at the Woolpack Inn. The weigh-in will be some time in October and a minimum charge of £1.50 per plant will be the cost of entry. Further information at or jut call in at the Woolpack and ask them.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Site allocation ie identifying potential development land in our parish, is an important part of the Neighbourhood Plan which when at the steering group meeting in March, it was recommended to the full council that a revised Neighbourhood Plan should be prepared. Prospective sites are being submitted to Wealden Council and any sites put forward in Herstmonceux Parish will be made available to the parish council and should be available to us by September 2014. The parish council considers it important that any additional sites to those previously submitted in 2013 be looked at and discussed and to that end have taken the decision to put the Parish Neighbourhood Plan on hold until any additional sites can be included. The details of the Strategic Sites Local Plan for towns in Wealden has already been completed and will be subject to public examination by an independent inspector details of which you can find on

FREEMASONS: A reminder the Michelham Priory Lodge will be opening the doors of the Masonic Hall in Hailsham Road tomorrow, Saturday, when they hope to meet up with any representatives of local charities and good causes who think they might benefit from a donation which the Freemasons are more than willing to consider. Remember you don’t have to be a Freemason to benefit and if you would like to meet and discuss your charity with them then please feel free to drop in between 2pm and 4pm.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, the Evergreen Singers will be going along to entertain members of the Ray and Sheldon Group in the village hall starting at 2.15pm. The club is designed for the over 60s so if you fall into that category then please feel free to join them. Further details on 441244.

THE BOWLS CLUB held a very successful quiz night recently where they raised over £500 which will all go towards their new green and clubhouse which they hope they will be able to start building soon. It was a well contested event, the winners came from the Herstmonceux club, Dave Payne, Penny Numan, Sue and Simon Wicks, so well done to them, the runners up, who incidentally were only three points behind the winners, were from Hellingly and the team was made up by Irene and Brian Burt, Cate and Kelvin Later. Members of the club would like to thank all those who either helped or attended the function and many thanks to Terry and Jean Everingham for coming up with all those tricky questions.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with a Service of Praise for Palm Sunday will be held at Wartling Church, with the Palm Sunday service being held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am.Thursday (Maunday Thursday), Holy Communion will be held at Herstmonceux Church at 7pm and on Good Friday the Family Service will be held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am with the Service of the Cross being held at Wartling Church at 2pm.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet today, Friday, at 2.30pm. Their talk will be entitled Tax, Care and Toy Boys, they wait to find out. For information on Open Group Activities contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

LENT PLAY: Christian Voices are performing their lent play, Let His Light Shine, at Ninfield Methodist Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm. The play is written by Alan Young, the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin and Alan Young and is directed by Caroline Cox. All are welcome to attend.

HISTORY SOCIETY: At the next meeting of Hooe History Society, they will be welcoming Julian Porter who will be giving a talk on The Brassey Family. As Julian is an expert on this subject the evening should be really interesting. The meeting is on Thursday in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Guests are warmly welcomed and at a charge of just £2, to include a cup of coffee and a biscuit, it must be the best value for money entertainment in Sussex. Further details from the chairman, Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Pam and Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

AGM: Ninfield Local History Group is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday at Ninfield Methodist Hall at 7.30pm. Following the brief meeting, John Cheshire will present some of the fascinating photographs of village life, collected by Cyril Wells. Entry to meetings costs £1 for members and £2 for non-members and includes refreshments. If you would like further information contact Rod Ffoulkes, chairman on 893635 or visit their website at They look forward to welcoming you.

OPEN DAY: Ninfield Bowls Club are having an Open Day on April 20, from 2pm. Everyone is welcome and the club can lend bowls to anyone wishing to have a go. The only stipulation is that flat shoes must be worn.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm service.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

EVENTS WEEK: This series of events put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches continues today with a team from Oakhill Theological College. This morning at 10am there will be a coffee tasting at the Church Rooms Warbleton, with a short talk Taste and see the Lord is Good. Suggested donation of £2. At 2pm Warbleton Walkers start from the Church Rooms for an easy walk of about one hour ending back at the rooms, for coffee, cake and a short talk Why Creation Declares God’s glory. Dogs are welcome. Contact Judith on 01435 830481. In the evening we have a rugby dinner (£12 per head) with guest speaker Peter Nicholas, an Oxford Blue who has also played for English Students and Henley Hawks. Details and tickets (be quick) from Tony on 01435 812514 or 07921 159211. Booking is essential.

CHURCHYARD CLEARUP: Warbleton churchyard will be given a spring tidy up tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am. If you would like to help then turn up, with or without tools. If the weather isn’t playing ball we will have some indoor jobs to do. A free lunch will follow with a short talk. It would be helpful if you could let David know on 01435 812870.

MINI-TAG RUGBY: 2.30pm on the Green at Rushlake Green with a half time talk. This is for all ages from five to 95. Post-match discussion can be held at the Horse and Groom afterwards. Tony 01435 812514.

FILM NIGHT: please see Bodle Street section.

PALM SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service with a talk More than a Carpenter, followed by squash, coffee and biscuits. The tower will then be open for viewing the local area, looking at the bells, and dropping your teddy etc by parachute from the top, and/or paper aeroplanes. Brass rubbing will also be available. 3.30pm to 5pm Bowling afternoon at Hailsham Leisure Centre. Booking advised (£3 per person) phone Barbara on 01435 830883. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with dramatised readings, followed by coffee. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Palm Sunday service with dramatised readings. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm evening service, both led by Paul Daniels.

HOLIDAY CLUB: There will be a Mission Rescue Holiday Club for under 12s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week, from 10am to 11.30am, at the Church Rooms, Warbleton. Suggested donation each day is £1 per child. Refreshments provided. Under fives must be accompanied by an adult. Shirley 01435 830280.

HISTORY GROUP: The Group’s AGM is on Monday at the Dunn Village Hall. We gather at 7.30pm for 8pm start. This is the opportunity to renew membership, and learn of this year’s programme.

ASTRONOMY EVENING: This will be in two parts at the Church Rooms Warbleton - 11 to 15year olds will be welcome from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday and the adults from 8.30pm to 10pm. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up in the car park, to look at the night sky with expert explanation and help, led by Greg Smye-Rumsby from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. If totally cloudy there will be a night sky show indoors. There will be refreshments, including soup, and a short talk, the Heavens Declare the Glory of God. Suggested donation £2 per head.

EVENING TALK: Is there a God, and if so can we know what he is like? is Dr Kirsty Birkett’s subject on Wednesday. The meeting is from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Church Rooms, Warbleton. Kirsty is a tutor at Oakhill Theological College, and has written a number of publications on the relationship of science and religion. Coffee and biscuits will be provided.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: please see the Bodle Street section.

GOOD FRIDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. St Giles Dallington: noon Good Friday Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm an Hour at the Cross.

EASTER EGG HUNT: Easter Saturday at Warbleton Parish Church, 2pm. More details next week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when there will be a talk by Patrick Coulcher entitled A Natural History Around Eastbourne. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

SING-ALONG: Concentus Chorale are organising one of their popular Sing-Along evenings at Willingdon Community School from 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. This year it will be a version of the musical Grease with the same songs but a different story line, set in Greece. The idea is the conductor Adrian White, along with the storyteller and soloists from the choir are on stage, dressed in appropriate outfits, while the audience seated round tables in the hall make up the chorus. Song sheets are provided along with nibbles and soft drinks but do take along your own picnic or any additional drink. There will be a fantastic raffle, proceeds of which will benefit the choir’s chosen charity the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability at the Edgmont site in Old Town once sufficient funds have been raised to commence building. Tickets for the Sing-Along are £10 each and can be obtained from Lyn Betteley on 01323 763273 or email Dressing up is encouraged, something Greek would be good, to add to the atmosphere.

LENT LUNCHES: East Dean and Friston Churches have been supporting the JPK Sussex Project through their lent lunches of soup and bread and cheese, with donations going to JPK. The final lunch is from noon to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, at East Dean Church. Everyone is welcome. For information ring 01323 423311.

FASHIONS: A Ladies fashion sale takes place from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church Hall. The fashions are brand new manufacturers’ samples from top fashion houses at half the normal price or less. Sizes are from 10 to 16 and include knitwear, t shirts, trousers, skirts, blouses, coats, scarves, and dresses.

SPRING FAIR: Micheldene WI will hold a spring fair from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at East Dean Village Hall. Stalls include home-made cakes, a raffle, tombola, books, china and glass, greetings cards and crafts. Admission is £2 to include tea/coffee and a hot cross bun. Children go free. There will be a special gift for anyone wearing a decorated Easter bonnet. For further information please ring Christine on 01323 423909.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Jazz and blues singer Penny Payne will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, supported by Andy Millen.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

CROSS OF CHRIST: The Palm Sunday Cross of Life service at 6.30pm on Sunday at St Mary’s Church is a devotional service with readings, prayers, choir pieces and congregational hymns. There will be a retiring collection supporting local charity Children with Cancer.

PALM SUNDAY service on April 13 at St Andrew’s Church Jevington is at 11.15am. There will also be a Good Friday service at 11am. Easter Day Service on April 20 is at 11.15am.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold an events meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Councillors will be discussing recent events which they have organised, and planning new ones. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

THE CRUCIFIXION: The Downland Singers and Friends will perform Stainer’s Crucifixion at 3pm on Maundy Thursday at Trinity Church. Musical director is Jennie Macfadyen and the organist is Alastair Macfadyen. The soloists are Fr Michael Maine and Mike Barber.

PROBUS CLUB will meet at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion. The speaker is Mike Sinsbury.

POLEGATE WINDMILL opens to the public for the new season on Easter Day Sunday, April 20, from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to be a cashier or guide, you would be very welcome and would receive training. Contact Pat or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK: The annual sponsored Easter walk on Monday April 21 starting between 9.30am and 10am is in aid of Family Support Work. The walk takes a circular route and is about seven miles. It starts and finishes at the Memorial Hall on the Tye in Alfriston with a refreshment stop at Wilmington. If you would like to walk, be a marshal or sponsor a walker contact Sue on 01323 423410.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Willingdon Residents’ Association have their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 23 at Trinity Church Hall. Wannock resident Jill Parker will give an update on the JPK Sussex Project and a member of Wealden District Council will give a talk on waste management. There will also be a local police presence.